Tax Software Reviews

Turbo Tax 2012 Online – Review Turbo Tax 2012 Online – Review

TurboTax Online 2012 Turbotax has been the leader in tax software. Providing both an online version... 

HR Block  2012 Review HR Block 2012 Review

HR Block At Home Online Review Since last year HR Block has completely re-invented their product line,... 

Taxbrain’s Online Past Year Tax Review Taxbrain’s Online Past Year Tax Review

Not too many tax sites seem to care about people who need to prepare past years taxes. These are tax... 

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Tax Preparation Tips

W2 Not Received – What To Do If Your W2 is Not Received W2 Not Received – What To Do If Your W2 is Not Received

Imagine this scenario:  Its tax time and  you are getting really anxious to get... 

W4 Exemption Calculator W4 Exemption Calculator

For 2013, several new payroll tax changes go into place. It is likely that most middle... 

Checklist for Tax Preparation Checklist for Tax Preparation

When you are getting ready to prepare and file your return, its a good idea to get... 

State Tax Filing – How To File Only State Tax Returns State Tax Filing – How To File Only State Tax Returns

Lots of people take advantage of FREE preparation and efiling of their Federal taxes.... 

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Tax Articles

W2 Not Received – What To Do If Your W2 is Not Received W2 Not Received – What To Do If Your W2 is Not Received

Imagine this scenario:  Its tax time and  you are getting really anxious to get your tax return out the door and claim that tax refund that is waiting for you. But lo and behold you still havent received your W2 from your employer. You probably have a refund coming to you and without your W2 you can’t start preparing your tax return ? There... [Read more of this article]

List of Documents For Tax Filing List of Documents For Tax Filing

If you are self preparing your tax return using an online tax preparation service like Turbo Tax or HR Block, or having a tax preparer do your tax return, here is a list of documents that you might have to refer to. If you are using a CPA or going to a Tax preparation center (storefront), you might have to physically take these documents with you.... [Read more of this article]

Turbotax – Free Tax Tools, Free Tax Returns Turbotax – Free Tax Tools, Free Tax Returns

Turbotax has a whole arsenal of online tax tools. Each tax tool is suited for a different purpose – just like that  knife set sitting in your kitchen, each knife is intended for a specific use. Perhaps, the most important tool is the Tax Refund Estimator, but there are other seldom overlooked tools which are planning tools that you can use throughout... [Read more of this article]

TurboTax  – Tax Calculators TurboTax – Tax Calculators

2013 will see some major tax changes. This impacts almost everyone. Want to know how these changes will impact you ? Turbotax comes to the rescue.  This year, turbotax is offering some real exciting tools that will help you preview your situation for next year and several years to come.  As you probably know, Turbotax has been helping people file... [Read more of this article]

How Long Should You Save Tax Documents How Long Should You Save Tax Documents

The IRS has defined the period of Limitations for Tax Returns. Here is what they say (on their website). IF you… THEN the period is… Owe additional tax and (2), (3), and (4) do not apply to you    THEN Save it for 3 years Do not report income that you should and it is more than 25% of the gross income shown on your return THEN... [Read more of this article]

California State Tax Filing for FREE California State Tax Filing for FREE

Free California State Filing The Franchise Tax Board (FTB), California’s tax authority has introduced FREE Tax filing on its website. For people who are looking to file their tax returns for free your wait is over. Branded as ‘CalFile’, the new tax filing site is part of the FTB site. You can get to it CalFile here : CA Free Tax... [Read more of this article]

Taxes For The Self Employed Taxes For The Self Employed

Watch this Video on how to get started with preparing your tax return if you are self employed. Do not believe people who say that preparing a self employed tax return is rocket science. All it takes is a couple of additional forms and supporting documentation Click here to learn more about Taxes For Self Employed  Read More →

Tax Exempt Organizations – Make Your Charitable Contribution Count Tax Exempt Organizations – Make Your Charitable Contribution Count

Making a charitable contribution gets you a tax deduction besides helping out the needy. Contributions can be cash or kind. But before you take a deduction for the tax contribution, make sure that the charitable orgainizaiton is recognized and is in compliance. How to verify your favorite Charity ? Thankfully the IRS has a wonderful tool on its website... [Read more of this article]

CA State Tax Forms for 2011 CA State Tax Forms for 2011

The CA FTB has listed these forms for 2011 on their website 540 2EZ Form California Resident Income Tax Return (Fill-in) 540 2EZ Form (Math) California Resident Income Tax Return (Fill-in with math features & save) 540 Form California Resident Income Tax Return (Fill-in & Save) 540A Form California Resident Income Tax Return (Fill-in... [Read more of this article]

Most Underused Tax Deductions Most Underused Tax Deductions

Did you know that most people do not use the deductions that they are eligible for. Neglecting to take your deductions on your tax return is like leaving money on the table, or a better analogy would be – leaving 100 dollar bills in your trouser pockets and then putting it into a washer. No one else but you will loose! Not a pretty tax scenario... [Read more of this article]

Claiming a Child as a Dependent on Your Tax Return Claiming a Child as a Dependent on Your Tax Return

This is a question that gets asked many a time. Who can I claim as a dependent on my tax return ? A child qualifies as a dependent but not always. To claim the child as a dependent, you have to make sure that the child passes the dependency tests. There are 5 test that will qualify a child as a dependent : Relationship Test– The child you are claiming... [Read more of this article]

Deadline for Filing 2011 Tax Return is April 17th 2012 Deadline for Filing 2011 Tax Return is April 17th 2012

Because April 15th 2011 falls on a Sunday and because Monday April 16th is a holiday for a few. The deadline for filing your 2011 tax return is April 17th 2012. Yes that’s right Tax day is April 17th for 2012. You have 2 extra days !!  Read More →

Tax Refund Calculator – Calculate Your Tax Refund before Filing Tax Refund Calculator – Calculate Your Tax Refund before Filing

Calculating Your Tax Refund Once you get your W2 from your employer. Like most people you are probably eager to get a quick estimate of the Tax Refund. It would take several hours to calculate your tax refund if you were to do it with pen and paper. However for a quick preview you can use a Tax Refund Calculator to figure out whether you are going... [Read more of this article]

Last day to File Taxes for 2011 – April 18th 2011 Last day to File Taxes for 2011 – April 18th 2011

Last day to file taxes for Tax year 2011 is April 17th 2012. You get two extra days this year ! Good luck  Read More →

How To Find Your 2010 AGI How To Find Your 2010 AGI

If you are exiling your tax return, you will need to complete certain steps to verify your identity with the IRS. There are several bits of information about you that is needed to uniquely identify you. One of them is to get a hold of your 2010 AGI. IRS also has a PIN feature, which once established can be used every year. But if you are doing e-filing... [Read more of this article]

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